Suffolk Lawyers for Justice is committed to improving representation, and in the course of our application renewal process, we realized that there are new attorneys who want the opportunity to participate in bar advocacy work. We would like to give them such an opportunity. The First Year Program is designed to allow new applicants to apply for a one year contract. These attorneys will complete the same application as attorneys who wish to be considered for a three-year contract, but should designate that (s)he would like to be considered for the “First Year Program” on the cover sheet of the application the applicant wishes to submit. We might also offer this opportunity to some applicants we feel are particularly suited to this program. After the first year, an attorney who is given a one year contract can opt to apply for another one year contract. After the second year, the attorney must apply for a Three Year Contract.
In order to be considered for the program, the applicant must not have taken the “Zealous Advocacy” course; not been a panel member for another Bar Advocate Program; not have been employed as an attorney for CPCS, and not have been a prosecutor in Massachusetts.
There is no set number for how many applicants will be accepted for the First Year Program, however, there will be no more than 25 one-year contracts offered.
After taking the Zealous Advocacy Course and being certified by CPCS, attorneys accepted into the First Year Program will be dispersed into various courts in Suffolk County. The attorney will be held to the same standards of all SLJ panel attorneys, including maintaining CLE hours and obtaining malpractice insurance.